Last week, Eva Amsen (or was it Cath Ennis? My apologies to both for the confusion) commented on Twitter that it is her shortest blog posts that seem to attract the the maximum visitors. Taking that as the gospel truth, I am putting down my shortest post ever.
It comes in form of a question. A very serious question:
“How do you do it?”
Before anyone gets ideas, I hasten to clarify, by ‘it’ I’m referring to adroit feats of management of time. And I direct that question to my favorite authors and bloggers, especially those who are professionally engaged in non-blogging activity.
“How do you manage it all? How do you deal with the information overload and the urge to disseminate it, along with your views and opinions?”
Austin Elliot, Stephen Curry, Jenny, Eva, Cath, Richard Grant, Ian Brooks, Henry, Bob O’Hara and GrrlScientist – people that I know from the Nature Network – as well as many others from elsewhere (such as PZ Myers (Pharyngula), David Gorski (Science-Based Medicine), David Colquhoun (DC’s improbable science), Andy Lewis (Quackometer), David Allen Green (Jack of Kent), to name but a few) – are all busy professionals, researchers and scientists, teachers, lawyers or physicians, engaged in a variety of different professions. Yet, they are also all prolific bloggers – at Nature Network and/or elsewhere – with voluminous, rapid-fire Twitter feeds, constantly battling forces of unreason, be it in form of government decisions and politics, or pseudoscience of various shades and hues, or religious wingnuttery, or some such.
I follow all of them. Religiously. (Well… almost!)
These people are actively engaged in their respective fields of expertise, and yet they find time to be aware of the contemporary world around them and to take part in reasoned commentary, giving us mortals the benefit of their considerable experience, and occasionally, their playful whimsies, that inform, educate, as well as delight. On occasions, I have even found some of these prodigious individuals doing live-blogging from meetings and conferences while taking part in them. Richard Grant has been known to occasionally write fantastic Science Fiction stories; Jenny Rohn is already a celebrated author.
“How do you do it all?”
I am IN inestimable AWE. Would that I had the same capabilities. Sigh.
What with crazies and crackpots suddenly pouring out of the woodwork in the US, spreading across politics, economics, society, and into our daily lives, with profoundly ethics-free messages lacking human values; assorted news about homeopathy and other crankery including harmful anti-vaccination propaganda; news from across the pond about important campaigns, such as Science Is Vital, and about various legal situations of far reaching consequences, such as the Twitter Joke Trial and Libel Reform; coupled with all that – my own research work, I am suffering from a veritable information overload. The trouble is that I don’t want to give up any of it!
But these awesome individuals do it all, with aplomb and erudition and grace and tenacity – not to mention, amazing regularity.
I do want to know the secret. Wish I could hypnotize you into spilling your guts. But since I can’t (I don’t know how to! Another sigh!), please comment if you can spare a few moments.